Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership
from the University of South Carolina Columbia
- Total requirements for degree:
- 120 hours*
- Major requirements available online:
*Includes previous credits earned and Palmetto College courses (60-68 hours, depending on degree program)
Take charge of your career and your workplace
Today's world demands that students be prepared to face an ever-changing landscape in the workplace.
We offer the opportunity for students to complete a degree in Organizational Leadership online without disrupting their working and family lives, preparing them for the workplace with a strong foundation for leadership roles.
With the help of an adviser, students devise a curriculum with courses from three workplace-oriented areas, supported by courses in professional foundations.
This program focuses on communication and leadership skills with a view to careers in government agencies, non-profit organizations or business settings.
The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership requires 120 hours. In addition to general education requirements, students must earn 27-30 hours of professional foundation courses, including business writing, introductory statistics and economics, principles of management, and leadership. Students will also earn 33 hours from courses in three categories: employer and employees; law, policy and organizations; and workplace dynamics. These courses include diverse disciplines such as communications, history, philosophy, political science, psychology and sociology.
|Course Start Date||Application Deadline||Missing Documents Deadline||Registration Deadline||Tuition Deadline|
|January 13, 2014||November 1, 2013||January 1, 2014||January 14, 2014||January 13, 2014|
|May 12, 2014||April 1, 2014||April 18, 2014||May 12, 2014||May 12, 2014|
|August 21, 2014||July 1, 2014||August 1, 2014||August 21, 2014||August 21, 2014|
General Education Requirements (44-54 hours)
For students entering USC Fall 2012 and later click here for more information on general education requirements. General Education courses are not guaranteed to be offered online. However, many are. Contact your program advisor for more information.
Professional Foundations (27-30 hours)
Microeconomic analysis: theory of the firm, cost and output determination, market pricing, theory of consumer and income distribution.
Macroeconomic analysis: basic definitions and concepts, mechanics of pricing and the fundamentals of American capitalism, national income economics, income and employment theory, monetary and fiscal policy, and international economics. Students cannot receive credit for both ECON 222 and 224.
Micro- and macroeconomic principles of markets, government policy, and household or firm decision-making. Open to all students except business administration majors. Credit not granted for both ECON 224 and either 221 or 222. -- may substitute for ECON 221 and ECON 222
Extensive practice in different types of business writing, from brief letters to formal articles and reports.
A comprehensive survey of the basic principles of management applicable to all forms of business. The course provides the student with a basis for thinking about complex business situations in the framework of analysis of the management process.
Reading and writing about South Carolina from the perspective of multiple disciplines, incorporating elements of the student's major and cognate.
Supervised immersion and exploration in a field related to the major, with a career, cultural, or community focus.
Psychological techniques applied to various industrial problem areas, such as management and supervision, morale, efficiency, training, personnel selection and placement, and relations among personnel.
This course combines leadership theory with practical application, equipping students with the knowledge and skills needed to work more effectively with people, become better leaders, and reach their professional goals.
An introduction to concepts and application of quantitative methods, including descriptive and inferential statistics. Emphasis on analysis of empirical sociological data.
Survey of the core skills and techniques used in modern business applications, including spreadsheets and databases.
Integrative Major (33 hours)
Select 33 credits from the following lists, with at least 9 credits from each of the three categories, and at least 12 credits at the 400 level. All courses must be passed with a C or better. No more than 15 hours combined from MGMT, ACCT, and ECON may be selected.
A survey of the major approaches used in managing human resources. Covers selection, compensation, legal compliance, discipline, organizational restructuring, TQM, motivation, labor relations, and performance management.
Introduction to human behavior in organizations. Emphasis on factors that contribute to the effectiveness of individuals and groups in organizations.
Moral issues confronting men and women in contemporary society. Topics will vary but may include discussion of problems related to abortion, drugs, euthanasia, war, social engineering, and punishment of criminals.
A study of the moral principles of conduct and the basic concepts underlying these principles, such as good, evil, right, wrong, justice, value, duty, and obligation. The ethical works of influential philosophers are analyzed in terms of these concepts.
Uses of psychological knowledge and techniques in practical contexts; clinical, school, industrial, consumer, and environmental psychology.
Psychological development from conception to late adulthood. Topics include physical, cognitive, and social processes associated with development at each stage of the life cycle.
Introduction to theory and research in social psychology from a psychological viewpoint. Topics include social perception, social cognition, attitudes, interpersonal relationships, aggression, pro-social behavior, and group processes.
Historical and contemporary power relationships in race, social class, gender, and sexual orientation.
Normative dissensus and behavioral deviance in society, and their consequences for social change and social order. Problems may include: mental disorders, juvenile delinquency, crime, drug abuse, alcoholism, suicide, sexual pathology, race and ethnic relations, world population crises, and work problems.
Integration of major program of study and general education; issues of transition into graduate school and/or employment; group project, intensive writing/speaking.
Basic legal concepts and the judicial system, with emphasis on business law.
A survey of recent United States history with emphasis on the economic, social, and literary developments from 1877 to 1917.
A study of the constitutional development of the United States from the creation of the Articles of Confederation to the Civil War. It deals primarily with problems of governmental organization, judicial interpretation, and sectional politics.
An analysis of the growth of constitutional power from 1860 to the present, giving special attention to the constitutional problems of the Civil War period, the increasing role of the judiciary in national affairs, and the general extension of constitutional authority in the 20th century.
Methods used by business, government, consumer groups, minorities, environmentalists, and others to influence public attitudes toward their activities.
This course examines how human resources are managed within a global context. It examines how human resources are managed within global firms as well as across different cultural settings.
The formation and development of the national government, its organization and powers.
A study of the basic principles and theory of administrative structure, responsibility, and control in relation to policy making in the modern state.
A study of state-federal relations, relations among states, state constitutions, and the structure and functions of the three branches of government. Emphasis is given to South Carolina.
Constitutional, statutory and political powers and roles of the American chief executive.
Selected theoretical orientations, methodological procedures, and illustrative substantive data pertaining to social structures. Prerequisites: SOCY 101, SOCY 220 or equivalent course in quantitative methods
A study of labor market institutions, trends in labor market activity, and the effects of government policy on the labor market. (Not open to majors in economics.)
A study of the structure of selected American industries, of the development and concentration of economic power in the American economy, and of public policy toward industry.
This course is designed to improve students' knowledge and skills in the areas of workplace conflict resolution and negotiations.
Ethical problems in business; application to business situations of philosophical theories of individual, corporate, and governmental rights and responsibilities.
The mobilization, organization, tactics, and results of group-based politics, including latent interests and the suppression of interests.
The role of psychology in political attitudes and behavior. Examination of individual psycho-political relationships and aggregate typologies. Particular emphasis on the psychological roots of the need for or the rejection of political authority.
Research and theories on sensory memory, attention, short-term and working memory, human learning and forgetting, imagery, long-term memory, speech perception, reading, language, thinking and problem solving, and decision making.
Application of research in experimental psychology to ergonomics, the design of human-environment systems, with emphasis on work settings.
Relationships among and changes in populations, social organization, technology, and the environment.
Bureaucracies in the public and private sector, their internal dynamics and relationship to the social environment.
An analysis of crowds, publics, social movements, and the mass society in terms of their institutional and social psychological consequences.
Examines communication behavior and networks within organizations through the study of major theories of organizational communication, identifies and defines primary concepts, and applies them to organizational scenarios and case studies.